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What is the best type of landscape edging

What is the best type of landscape edging



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What is the best type of landscape edging?

I've been looking at the type of landscape edging that I would like to use for this front, (to the left in the picture below.) I want to plant a row of flowering pink geraniums (just one bed,) in the center of the picture. I'll eventually be adding shrubs in the same bed, with more groundcovers.

I like the effect of stepping stones, but I think that stone wall that spans the distance between the flower bed and the house is really unattractive. The stones are too small, and I can't tell where the mortar is, making it look as if the stones are falling apart. Also, I've read that stone wall edging tends to shift if the soil is wet, and is more stable if the soil is dry.

The plan is to plant in the spring, but I want to know whether or not to use landscaping timbers, landscape edging blocks, or landscape timbers with bricks. The landscape edging that I see online is not nearly as attractive as this landscape edging. I just can't find what I want.

I've been researching this and reading some pretty interesting information. I'm looking for the best type of landscape edging for this particular situation. What would you guys suggest?

I think it looks like concrete steps, but I'm not sure. There are some landscaping blocks that look like that, but it's the landscaping blocks that we bought at Lowe's that come in such a variety of colors. So there are some, but I'm not sure what to call them. Any ideas?

Well, I'm going to be a little more specific about what I'm looking for. The stone wall I've seen online (and used in pictures) spans the width of the garden, (going left to right,) and is approximately three feet wide. I'm thinking of adding about four or five rows of flowering pink geraniums. So the stone wall spans the width of the garden and extends about 5 feet beyond the edge of the property.

I'll be sure to add photos to this post as I get more info.

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Well, I've been researching this and reading some pretty interesting information. I'm looking for the best type of landscape edging for this particular situation. What would you guys suggest?

I think it looks like concrete steps, but I'm not sure. There are some landscaping blocks that look like that, but it's the landscaping blocks that we bought at Lowe's that come in such a variety of colors. So there are some, but I'm not sure what to call them. Any ideas?

Well, I'm going to be a little more specific about what I'm looking for. The stone wall I've seen online (and used in pictures) spans the width of the garden, (going left to right,) and is approximately three feet wide. I'm thinking of adding about four or five rows of flowering pink geraniums. So the stone wall spans the width of the garden and extends about 5 feet beyond the edge of the property.

I'll be sure to add photos to this post as I get more info.

Re: Landscape Edging

Originally Posted by VeeG

Well, I've been researching this and reading some pretty interesting information. I'm looking for the best type of landscape edging for this particular situation. What would you guys suggest?

I think it looks like concrete steps, but I'm not sure. There are some landscaping blocks that look like that, but it's the landscaping blocks that we bought at Lowe's that come in such a variety of colors. So there are some, but I'm not sure what to call them. Any ideas?

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I would put some small rocks or pebbles all along the front of the stone wall. It would look better than something concrete. I would call them rock "steps" though. (I'm no stone man!) The concrete blocks might be called stepping stones. If you like, you could call them rock "steps" and I'm sure anyone would agree that you can't beat a stone wall for beauty and privacy.

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I'm trying to get an idea on what type of landscape edging to use along the side of the stone wall. I'm looking for something that's pretty sturdy so that I don't worry about it toppling over into my flower bed, and it should be pretty simple to maintain. I thought about using an ordinary fence post at the base of the wall, but I think I'd be afraid that the edge of the wall would look a bit ragged and unattractive. I also thought about installing a couple of concrete steps, but I'm not sure what those are called.

You know, just like you said that it looks like concrete steps. You know what's funny? The same thing just happened to me, I was looking at some brick steps, and now I'm looking at concrete steps. You've given me an idea.It's called stepping stone - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stepping_stone And I think they are more common in Australia than in the U.S. And the price is right for DIY home improvement projects!

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No concrete steps are not the same as concrete planters. A concrete steps should not be in contact with the ground because of the possibility of concrete steps crumbling or cracking. The concrete steps should just be along the side of the stone wall. If you don't want the steps to be in contact with the ground, just install something under the wall (such as a board that is screwed down), so the steps won't be in contact with the ground. But it's best if the steps are on the same level as the ground because the water will run from the steps to the ground, which could wash away some of your soil. Good luck.

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I just put some concrete step down at the end of a raised planter in the backyard. When it comes to the planters, I did not want them to be in contact with the ground because they are raised about a foot and the concrete step would take a beating from the rain/ snow/salt. So I made the step and the planter one inch away from the ground.

They did come apart, but I fixed them with some glue and a plastic screwdriver. But if I would do it again I would use more concrete.

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I have some old flower boxes that are in my back yard. The soil is concrete and as it gets wet the soil in the flower boxes is coming up and out of the box. I could dig the boxes up and rebuild them but I am not quite sure what the planter is made of. Will this cause more problems?